How Do You Build Wooden Stairs Over Existing Cement?

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How Do You Build Wooden Stairs Over Existing Cement?

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Concrete (or masonry) steps are commonly built between a garage that is on grade and a home which is on a basement or crawl space type foundation. This is fine unless you decide to convert your garage into living space and you are confronted with how to cover the masonry stairs with wood so that they no longer look like exterior stairs. Measure and cut treated wood fir strips with a table saw, the same width as the concrete tread. Position one fir strip against the concrete riser and one at the front edge of the step. Apply a serpentine bead of construction adhesive to the back of each fir strip and press it into position. Divide the width of the tread into even sections from twelve to sixteen inches apart and mark the tread. Measure and cut fir strips to fit between the two fir strips already installed, positioned at your marks. Apply a serpentine bead of construction adhesive to the back of each fir strip and press it into position. Repeat for each tread. Measure and cut treated wood

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